Racial and sexual politics of Their Eyes are Watching God from a spatial perspective
From: Theory and Practice in Language Studies(Vol. 5, Issue 11)
Publisher: Academy Publication Co., LTD
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 4,282 words
Critics hold quite controversial ideas concerning the racial politics and sexual politics of Hurston's Their Eyes are Watching God. Through analyzing Janie's stubborn ignorance of the inevitable racial spatial division, Janie's spatial movements and space images in the novel, this paper points out that Janie's black identification is ambivalent due to the damages racism does to her and her feminist consciousness very weak which shows that the systematic brainwash of patriarchy is both successful and hard to eliminate. Janie therefore becomes to be more representative and universal than those protesting heroes and heroines. The harm and control that racism and patriarchy make to African-Americans and women are exposed from a different angle, exposing the racial and sexual politics of the novel. Index Terms--racial politics, sexual politics, space, Their Eyes are Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
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